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You can refer to the money that can be made easily in a particular place or area of activity as the pickings.

Traditional hiding places are easy pickings for experienced burglars...

Other rich pickings, including season ticket sales, are expected to exceed last year's ₤3m.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • pickings — index spoils Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pickings — ► PLURAL NOUN 1) profits or gains, especially those made effortlessly or dishonestly. 2) scraps or leftovers …   English terms dictionary

  • pickings — pick|ings [ˈpıkıŋz] n [plural] informal money or profits that you can get easily from a situation ▪ There were rich pickings (=a lot of money) to be had from the stock market. ▪ There are easy pickings for thieves at these big outdoor concerts.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pickings — noun plural Date: 1642 something that is picked or picked up: as a. gleanable or eatable fragments ; scraps b. yield or return for effort expended < easy pickings > < slim pickings > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pickings — n. (colloq.) choice lean, slim pickings * * * slim pickings (colloq.) [ choice ] lean …   Combinatory dictionary

  • pickings — noun (plural) informal rich /easy pickings money or profits that you can get easily: There were rich pickings to be had if you played the stock market …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pickings — pick|ings [ pıkıŋz ] noun plural INFORMAL money or things that are available to be taken: easy/rich pickings (=good things that you get very easily) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pickings — UK [ˈpɪkɪŋz] / US noun [plural] informal money or things that are available to be taken rich/easy pickings (= good things that you get very easily) …   English dictionary

  • pickings — pick•ings [[t]ˈpɪk ɪŋz[/t]] n. pl. 1) cvb scraps or gleanings: the pickings of a feast[/ex] 2) cvb profits or gains; spoils • Etymology: 1635–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • pickings — n.pl. 1 perquisites; pilferings (rich pickings). 2 remaining scraps; gleanings …   Useful english dictionary

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